Tuesday Numbers, Week 8

* Alabama’s up to number eight in the league in total offense with 448.5 yards per game.  The unit has been climbing steadily since a lackluster performance in week one against Virginia Tech.  But did you know the Tide’s offense is currently averaging more yards per game than it did in any of the last six seasons?  That’s right.

* The Tide defense, meanwhile, is up to second nationally in points allowed per game (11.3).  That’s behind Louisville’s 7.3.

* Florida still leads the conference in fewest yards allowed per game (235.3).  ‘Bama is second, allowing only 278.2.  Take out the Texas A&M game and the Tide is allowing a nasty 208.2 yards.

* Johnny Manziel is completing a phenomenal 73.2 percent of his passes.  That’s incredible.

* Tide true freshman A’Shawn Robinson is tied for fifth in the league with 4.0 sacks for the season.

* LSU and Texas A&M continue to convert an eye-whopping 58.02% and 57.53%, respectively, of their third down conversions.

* Alabama punter Cody Mandell continues to lead the league with 46.75 yards per punt.  It’ll be interesting to see if he qualifies for the lead in this category by the end of the year.  To do so, he must average 3.6 punts per game.

 

 

Tuesday Numbers, Week 7

** The Tide jumps three spots to number 10 in the in the league in total offense.  Don’t worry, we’re still 13th in total plays run.

** Florida still leads the league in total defense with a gaudy 217.0 yards allowed per game.  Alabama is up to second while allowing 299.8 per game.  Take out the Texas A&M game and the Tide is right with the Gators, giving up only 217.75 per game.

** Scoring-wise, Alabama and Florida are only allowing 12.2 points per game.  Of the Tide’s 61 points allowed, 42 came against A&M.  Take that one away and ‘Bama is allowing only 4.75 points per game.

** Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron are each completing 71.4 percent of their passes.

** Last year, McCarron finished the year with the league’s best quarterback rating, 175.28.  So far this year, three other quarterbacks have a better rating:  Zach Mettenberger (190.12), Johnny Manziel (188.06) and Aaron Murray (176.87).  It’s definitely the year of the quarterback.

** So far this year, LSU is converting an incredible 58.33% on third down.  That’s even better than the 53.09% mark in 2010 by Auburn.  A&M is converting at a blazing 56.67 clip as well.

** Florida’s defense is allowing third downs to be converted at a 22.95% rate.  That even exceeds the 2011 ‘Bama defense’s number of 24.46%.

 

 

Tuesday Numbers, Week 6 Edition

Alabama’s offense is ranked 13th in the conference, gaining only 386.50 yards per game on a league-fewest 248 plays.  The defense, meanwhile, is ranked third, giving up only 331.00 yards per contest.

But if the Texas A&M game is removed from both, things look much different.  The defense allowed (we know, we know) a school-record 628 yards against A&M.  Factor out that game and the defense is only allowing 232.00 yards per game.  That would be good for second in the league and within shouting distance of Florida’s 202.50 yards per game.

Take out the A&M stats for the offense and things head in reverse.  ‘Bama rolled up 568 yards against the Aggies, but without those yards, the team only averages 326.00 yards a game.  There’s only one word for that:  ugly.

Scoring-wise, take out the A&M game and Alabama has only allowed one touchdown and three field goals in 12 quarters of play.  That’s extremely salty.

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Remember back in 2010 when we all though Auburn’s national title defense was horrible?  This year’s Georgia team could win a title with a defense that’s on pace to make that Auburn squad look like the ’85 Bears.  Georgia is giving up an average of 403.80 yards per game this season while the ’10 Tigers allowed a now stellar looking 368.40.

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In Saturday’s 45-33 win over Arkansas, Texas A&M rushed for 262 yards and passed for 261.  That’s what you call balance.

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Speaking of the Hogs, freshman runner Alex Collins leagues the league with 597 yards rushing.  Sophomore sidekick Jonathan Williams is third in the league with 471.

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‘Bama punter Cody Mandell leads the league with 22 punts through four games.  He’s booming ’em an average of 46.95 per kick, good for second in the conference.

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Auburn, South Carolina and Texas A&M share something in common.  Opponents have attempted 10 fourth down conversions each against these teams and Carolina has allowed eight conversions.

 

 

 

Fun with Numbers: Danny Kanell-Style

I think the biggest difference between most college football analysts and us is that they get paid.  Danny Kanell helps to prove that point today.

So, Kanell believes Wisconsin’s Montee Ball’s numbers “blow away” Trent Richardson’s and that Ball faced better defenses.  Let’s just check it out to see if he’s right.

According to College Football Statistic’s, here are the numbers for both Ball and Richardson:

Ball’s numbers are indeed a bit better, but in no way blow Richardson’s away.  Ball has rushed for a mere 39 more yards than Richardson, which tranlates to a paltry 3.25 yards per game.  Richardson has run the ball 15 more times and averages .52 yards per less per carry.  Ball, meanwhile, has also scored 34 total touchdowns (29 rushing, 4 passing) to Richardson’s 23 (20 rushing, 3 receiving).

To be sure, these numbers are incredible for both players – especially the scoring numbers.  But do Ball’s “blow away” Richardson’s?  Hardly.

What about the assertion that Ball has played better defenses, too?  Well, that’s just baloney.

Take a look at these total defense rankings for each team’s opponent’s:

Wisconsin

UNLV – 106
Oregon St. – 83
Northern Illinois – 91
South Dakota – n/a
Nebraska – 36
Indiana – 110
Michigan State – 3
Ohio State – 23
Purdue – 68
Minnesota – 77
Illinois – 8
Penn State – 11

Alabama

Kent State – 19
Penn State – 11
North Texas – 105
Arkansas – 51
Florida – 10
Vanderbilt – 19
Mississippi – 88
Tennessee – 28
LSU – 2
Mississippi State – 42
Georgia Southern – n/a
Auburn 78

Total those defensive rankings up for their opponents and Wisconsin’s adds to 616 and Alabama’s 453.  That’s a fancy way of saying Wisconsin played easier defenses than Alabama did.

For further proof, note that Alabama and Wisconsin each played three top-11 defenses, but Alabama played six top 30 squads, while Wisconsin only played four.

And don’t forget that Richardson had 169 yards from scrimmage vs. the no. 1 team in the nation, LSU.

Like I said, they only difference between us and most analysts is that they get paid.